RUTH MARSHALL brings attention to illegal wildlife trade and species loss in a way that unites a new, widened audience of scientists, art enthusiasts and the general public. Her textile pelts exemplify how artisan goods have the potential to have higher commercial value than a poached skin on the black market. The result would be a paradigm shift of the incentive in wildlife trade, which is one of the largest illegal activities in the world. Her textiles reinforce that support of conservation and a society’s culture is a more sustainable, viable and lucrative endeavor than the illegal wildlife trade.
GARY DICKINSON’S Masterpieces
10. Star Sapphire
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 40cm x 1.5cm
In Magick Without Tears, Crowley describes a lamen as a ‘sort of Coat of Arms’, a ‘harmony of symbols’ that expresses in a single design the character and powers of the wearer. He also said of the Memorial Pillar at Cefalu that it was ‘inscribed with various symbols descriptive of the Work of bringing the new Message of the Masters of Wisdom to Mankind’. As a ‘harmony of symbols’ in a ‘single design’, the Memorial Pillar functions as a type of lamen.